Announcing the removal of funding will also have negatively impacted the chances of bringing in grant funding that may otherwise have supported us. A huge blow after the visit of Danny Alexander last week, to announce £100'000 in coastal communities funding.
The marine station has faced closure before, and fought back; this year we have our biggest ever number of students booked in, and for us its going to be one hell of a year. I know for definite that those students looking forward to their field trips this year will see things they've never seen before, they'll be helped by knowledgeable and friendly staff, and they will leave better biologists because of it; I can tell because I've spent 18 months experiencing it for myself. It's a travesty if it should end here. Students will either have to go to more distant courses at greater expense, or miss out altogether.
I'll keep you all in the loop.
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In the mean time, or if you don't know what we do, check out some of the snaps I've taken in the last 18 months of living here.
|Students enjoying one of the rare sunny days aboard the research vessel Aora|
|American students from Colgate University carry out a shore survey (RV Actinia in background)|
|A Glasgow student watches as a net is prepared for a sample tow|
|Your's truly, showing off the local wildlife|
|Lesser spotted dogfish in the aquarium|